Welcome to another edition of New Comics, where we give our suggestions on what books to pick up when perusing the comic shelves week to week. As always, I am joined by Kris Johnson. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this week.
VAMPIRONICA #1 $3.99 (Archie) – New Archie Horror! In this fresh-from-the-grave ongoing series, everyone’s favourite socialite, Veronica Lodge, is bitten by a centuries old vampire with a bad case of crypt-breath. As a result, she goes from being the bitchy queen bee of Riverdale high to the slightly more pale bitchy queen bee of Riverdale high. It’s a big shift and you should totally be there to experience it. By the way, this book is gorgeous. Seriously, check out the preview pages elsewhere on the net. Yowza! (Kris Johnson)
MISTER MIRACLE #7 (OF 12) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Mister Miracle and Big Barda continue to fight the not so great fight against Apokolips. What I love about this book is that it takes from these characters’ past and actually makes me care, a feat I didn’t think possible. I mean, it’s the Fourth World, right? Who really gave a shit about any of them before this book? The past comes back to haunt Barda this time as the Female Furies enter the fray. Can’t wait. (Andrew)
VS #2 $3.99 (Image) – Ivan Brandon and Esad Ribic are back with a second helping of “War is Ratings!” or “How Satta Learned To Stop Dying and Love the Sponsors”. As this tremendously illustrated story rolls on, Satta Flynn is dead… or is he? In the last issue, the world’s most popular gladiator came back from a long hiatus only to seemingly be killed while claiming victory in his return battle. Will new sponsors and augments keep him alive and fighting? Or will the the adoration of a fickle audience, and thus his borrowed time, finally run out? (Kris Johnson)
NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Marvel) – Okay, so the New Mutants movie got pushed back for a year. So what? There’s this new, cool New Mutants comic to check out that will probably be way better anyways. It’s written by Matthew Rosenberg, who did a really great job of bringing back Jean Grey. It’s drawn by Adam Gorham, who won Geek Hard’s comic creator guest of the year award. To top it off, the current team is lead by Magik, who’s a crazy bad-ass witch with a sword. Those are just three reasons of many to check out this new miniseries. ‘Nuff Said. (Andrew)
COLD WAR #2 $3.99 (Aftershock) – This week I’m recommending two different books, hitting shelves with their second issues, that take two extremely different views of the future of warfare. That’s enough twos to give Harvey Dent the vapours! And also enough killing ‘cause of all the war and whatnot! Because that guys loves 2s and killing. It’s like his whole thing. Anyway, I’m not here to talk Two Face. I’m here to talk about… (looks at scrawled list written on hand) COLD WAR! In the first issue of Christopher Sabela and Hayden Sherman’s book, we were introduced to a world in which cryogenically frozen men and women are thawed in a future they’ve never known and immediately conscripted into a war they’ve never even heard of. As if that wasn’t bad enough, most of these poor folks never even caught a whiff of combat in their pre-frozen lives! So yeah, they’re woefully unprepared to fight sentient buzzsaws, aliens, and zombie-heads with robot bodies. Let’s see how many survive this second installment! (Kris Johnson)
DRY COUNTY #1 $3.99 (Image) – A neo noir comic set in 1980’s Miami? Sign me up! A Gen-Xer who’s fallen hard for a missing woman plays amateur detective to varying results. Sounds like a Shane Black movie. I’m in! (Andrew)
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Thrilling Three (Thing, Human Torch, and that doctor with the crazy arm they picked up last issue) finally begin their mission to explore the multiverse in earnest with the hopes of locating and ultimately rescuing Reed, Sue, and the kids. Only problem is, the first universe they’ve chosen to explore is not long for existence. Nice pick, Ben! You big blockhead! (Kris Johnson)
DC COMICS: THE ART OF DARWYN COOKE TP $29.99 (DC Comics) – A few years back saw the release of Graphic Ink, a hardcover collection of the DC works of the late Darwyn Cooke. This updated paperback version adds over twenty covers by the man not included previously. It’s a fantastic collection, including short story comics and specials that you can’t get anywhere else. A more in depth review of this collection will be released on this site next week. For now, pick up this awesome trade at your Local Comic Shop. (Andrew)
ETERNITY GIRL #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Young Animal) – Caroline Sharp has been walking the Earth for a really long time and, TBH, she’s just kinda totally over this whole life thing. Apparently seeing humanity do the same stupid shit over and over gets kind of depressing after awhile. Unfortunately for her though, she just can’t die. Pesky superpowers! Always getting in the way of a good dirt nap. That is until an old foe, Madame Atom, arrives and offers Caroline a deal: Atom will give the former hero the ability to end her own life… but she has to help destroy the rest of world first. Tempting… Especially the way the world is going these days. Tide pods, guys? I mean, really? (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #32 $3.99 (Image) – It’s been a few months since we last checked in on the kids from Kings Dominion. Marcus and Maria have got their hands full. They just wanted the quiet life but that’s not what they’re getting. Viktor and his kill crew are here. So is the Yakuza. It’s a good ol’ mexican stand off and things are about to get bloody. These killer kids are going to have to apply what they learned in class to survive this one. Let’s hope it’s not like what they would learn in real high school. They’d be up shit creek then. (Andrew)
So there you go. That’s this week’s New Comics. Check these books out and let us know what you think. We’ll be back again next week with more choice cuts of comic goodness.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!